By Eric Swedlund
TNAZ Regional Correspondent
Stephen Hawking, seen here working with NASA astronauts, will headline ASU's inaugural Origins Symposium, speaking with six other Nobel Laureates.
Credit: Associated press
Editor's Note: Due to illness, keynote speaker Stephen Hawking will not attend the Origins Symposium. He will deliver his speech via digital recording.
TEMPE - Arizona State University is hosting some of the world's preeminent scientists – including Stephen Hawking and six Nobel laureates – for a wide-ranging symposium focused on the origins of the universe, humanity and culture.
The inaugural Origins Symposium begins Thursday, with an extensive public schedule Monday at ASU Gammage. (See http://origins.asu.edu/symposium
for a full schedule.)
At the core of the symposium are panel discussions and presentations from some of the world's best-known scientists, authors and intellectuals.
"The Origins Symposium at ASU is one of the most exciting public science events held ever, anywhere," said Lawrence Krauss, professor and director of the Origins Initiative at ASU, in a news release.
The speakers will address the questions and mysteries that surround the central themes of existence, including how the universe begun, how life evolved, how human institutions began and evolved and what technologies the future may hold.
In addition to Hawking, the symposium will feature Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, British evolutionary biologist and atheist author Richard Dawkins, Celera Genomics founder Craig Venter, Columbia University string theorist Brian Greene, and ASU's Donald Johanson, founding director of the Institute of Human Origins, and Krauss, a theoretical physicist and cosmologist.
Monday's schedule also features a panel discussion between six Nobel Laureates – Baruch Blumberg, Walter Gilbert, Sheldon Glashow, John Mather, David Gross and Frank Wilczek – about the key mysteries in science. The panel will be moderated by NPR's Ira Flatow, host of "Science Friday."
Flatow will also broadcast Friday's episode live from the ASU's Katzin Concert Hall, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hawking's evening lecture will focus on black holes, extra dimensions and the origin of the universe. Renowned magician Jason Latimer will also make a demonstration.
"This inaugural symposium of the new Origins Initiative at ASU will provide an unprecedented opportunity for students, staff, faculty and the public to have direct exposure and interact with some of the world's leading scientists and scholars," Krauss said in a news release from ASU.
The event will be Webcast live at http://origins.asu.edu/symposium/webcast/
and televised on ASUtv, Cox Digital Cable, Channel 116, and Quest Choice TV, Channel 138 in the Phoenix area. It will also be archived for future viewing.
ASU Origins Symposium: A Celebration of Discovery from the Universe to Humanity
April 6 public schedule, Gammage Auditorium:
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Steven Pinker: Origin of Language and Consciousness;
• Donald Johanson: Human Origins, Lucy, etc.;
• Brian Greene: Fabric of the Cosmos/String Theory
1:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
• Richard Dawkins: Evolution;
• Craig Venter: Human Genome and Engineering New Life Forms;
• Lawrence Krauss: Life, the Universe and Nothing – The Beginning and End of the Universe;
• Nobel Panel, moderated by Ira Flatow: What are the key outstanding mysteries in science? How much progress have we made? How does our understanding of Origins impact on our ability to understand the future? How do creative people approach big problems? Includes: Baruch Blumberg, Walter Gilbert, Sheldon Glashow, John Mather, Frank Wilczek
7:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
• World Champion of Magic, Jason Latimer;
• Panel on Science, Science Fiction, Technology and Culture: How do discoveries in science impact upon our understanding of ourselves? How do they affect your work? Do normal people need to know anything about deep questions? What about science and God? What do you most want to know about? Does science really have anything to do with culture? Moderated by Aaron Brown, discussants include Christopher Hitchens, Ann Druyan and others;
• Stephen Hawking: Black Holes, Extra Dimensions and the Origin of the Universe.
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